COSTA MESA, Cali. – On Sunday afternoon (Sep. 20), a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol crashed his vehicle into the rear of a local fast food joint in Costa Mesa, causing him to become trapped inside his car, police said.
Around 2 p.m. on Sunday, S. Michael Leddy, 26, crashed his car into the back of Wienerschnitzel, located at 1950 Harbor Blvd. The impact caused major damage to Leddy’s vehicle and moderate damage to the restaurant, said Sgt. Dan Miles.
It took Costa Mesa firefighters 30 minutes to free Leddy from his vehicle before he was transported to a local hospital, the Orange County Register reported.
Driver Admits to Drinking Before the Crash
Leddy admitted to the officers that he had been drinking before the crash. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Fortunately, no one else was injured in the accident.
Sgt. Miles said that Leddy was driving on a suspended license.
Will he be charged with a felony DUI?
Since we don’t know Leddy’s criminal history, we can’t say for sure whether he will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony DUI. However, we can say that most DUIs are charged as misdemeanor offenses as long as there weren’t any “aggravating factors” present.
So, if it is Leddy’s first, second, or third DUI case, he will likely be charged with a misdemeanor, particularly because he did not hurt anyone else when he drove into the restaurant.
There are certainly circumstances when a simple California DUI is charged as a felony offense. A California DUI can be charged as a felony when:
- The DUI caused bodily injuries to another person.
- The driver has 3 or more prior DUIs or “wet reckless” convictions in the last 10 years.
- The driver has one or more prior felony DUI convictions.
If Leddy meets any of the above criteria, he may be charged with felony DUI; it all depends on what the authorities find when they run his criminal history background check.